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As Google prepared for an initial public offering last August, the search kingpin was suddenly the company that could do no right. Regulators were chagrined by a Playboy magazine interview that hit during Google's quiet period, while investors were cool to the company’s auction-style sale of IPO shares. At the last minute, Google slashed its asking price to $85 per share.

Since then, the company has blown away even its most sanguine supporters. Its search offering continues to gain popularity, despite the best efforts of rivals Yahoo! and Microsoft. And Google has rolled out several new interesting features, from satellite-image maps to the ability to search the texts of millions of books. With sales up 118% in 2004 to $3.2 billion, the company's stock has responded in kind, jumping 213% to $266, as of May 27.

Company Info

Revenues* $3.8 BILLION
Revenue Growth 103.0%
Return on Equity 20.6%
Total Return226.2%†
Profits* $704.3 MILLION
All figures are for the most recent available 12 months.

* Latest available data for the 12-month period ended Dec. 31, Jan. 31, Feb. 29, Mar. 31, or Apr. 30. For companies that do not report quarterly, the most recent annual data were used.

† Total return is based on less than one year of data because IPO has occurred since May 30, 2004.
Data provided by Standard & Poor's Compustat, BusinessWeek

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Company Snapshot

Google, Inc. provides Web search and online advertising services on the Internet. It offers advertising solutions and global Internet search solutions through its Web site, and intranet solutions via an enterprise search appliance. The company’s products and services include Google.com, Google AdWords, Google AdSense, and Google Search Appliance. Its Google AdWords program is used by advertisers to promote their products and services on the Web with targeted advertising. The company’s Google AdSense program is used by the third-party Web sites to deliver ads relevant to the content on their sites. It also provides enterprise search appliances to search corporate systems through the Google Search Appliance. In addition, the company provides e-mail services through Gmail, which offers a gigabyte of free storage for each user along with e-mail search capabilities and relevant advertising. Google was co-founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1998, and is headquartered in Mountain View, California.

No. of Employees


Data provided by Capital IQ
Eric E. Schmidt

Eric E. Schmidt

AGE: 49


Chairman of the Executive Committee, Chief Executive Officer and Director

CEO Bio >

Total Compensation*


Total Value of Options**


Degrees Held

Princeton University (BS), University of California Berkeley (MS, PhD)

* Latest available fiscal year
** The sum of the net value of options exercised and held in the latest available fiscal year

Key Executives

Eric Schmidt, Sergey Brin, Larry Page, Omid Kordestani, Wayne Rosing, David C. Drummond, George Reyes, Jonathan J. Rosenberg, Shona L. Brown

Board Members

Eric Schmidt, Sergey Brin, Larry Page, L. John Doerr, John L. Hennessy, Arthur D. Levinson, Michael Moritz, Paul S. Otellini, K. Ram Shriram

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